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Global Warming Action

Published 24 October 2010 under Travelogue • Comments: 1
Global Warming Action

24 Oct 2010 -Make a Noise!

The 24 Oct 2010 is an International Day of Action on Global Climate Change and when we, the people are implored to “make a bigger noise”!  In so doing, we will draw attention to global climate change and insist on Real Solutions that will help us attain the goal of 350 parts per million of CO2 in our atmosphere and so halt runaway climate change. Some of the action planned for the big day in South Africa, namely Cape Town is an arrangement of 350 ice blocks on Muizenberg Beach and 350 banners on Table Mountain. An inspirational concept is that of the “Flapper Snappers” a group of birders who have come up with the 350-24 -24 challenge: to photograph 350 bird species in 24 hours and have the images on the internet by the next day! Some churches pledge to ring their bells 350 times and WWF’s Green Choice has 350 households creating low carbon Sunday lunches. All these initiatives are an effort to seize the attention of our leaders and let them know we want action towards combating climate change.
 
American scientist Dr James Hansen of NASA has long been researching global climate change and conceptualised the 350 ratio; that of carbon dioxide in parts per million in our atmosphere that we should globally be aiming for.  The advantage of using a number and not a slogon is that numerals are among the few things most people in the world recognise. With the figure 350 we now have a tangible worldwide symbol to work towards that knows no language, or any other form of human differences, but is a global initiative.
 
On 10/10/10, a worldwide work party was staged by 350.org. Some of the tasks undertaken were simple but effective like tree planting while others involved technological knowhow like solar installations and wind turbine projects but all sent a message to our leaders- loud and clear- if we can get to work to slow climate change then so can you!
 
In the words of Ed Millband, Brittan’s secretary for Climate Change & Energy. “We politicians know the science regarding climate change, we understand. And, we see what is needed, and it is huge! What we don’t have yet, is the courage to take the massive, internationally co-operative leaps necessary, because we don’t yet have the feeling that the citizens of our countries are awake to the gravity of this peril. Please, make a much bigger noise.”
 
Here in our Kruger to Canyon Biosphere we have a bear’s share of environmentalists and conservationists and have yet to come up with a 350 initiative.
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